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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:07 am


http://www.news.com.au/national/student-who-exposed-freeride-frances-scholarship-to-face-sentence/story-fncynjr2-1227099542059

THE woman who exposed that the Prime Minister’s daughter had been given a lucrative scholarship to an illustrious private fashion college under questionable circumstances will be sentenced in court this afternoon.

University student Freya Newman, 21, has pleaded guilty to leaking restricted data that revealed Frances Abbott had been awarded a $60,000 scholarship to study at the exclusive Whitehouse Institute of Design.

Ms Newman forwarded the information to journalists, which sparked a national scandal in May surrounding accusations that Frances had been given undue favourable treatment due to her prominent status as Mr Abbott’s daughter.

After pleading guilty to accessing the student records illegally, she faces a maximum penalty of two years in prison.

Groups voicing solidarity for Newman have sprung up on Facebook, including one group that has more than 400 followers encouraging people to attend court today to support Ms Newman for “exposing Abbott’s lies”.

There has been a chorus of support from many corners for Ms Newman’s whistleblower role, including from human rights lawyer Julian Burnside and former Neighbours star Caitlin Stasey.

Ms Abbott won the secret scholarship in 2011 when her father was the opposition leader, which meant she paid only $7,546 for her $68,182 degree. The elite institute’s chairman, Les Taylor, is a longtime friend of Mr Abbott and a Liberal Party donor.

When news of the scholarship broke in May, one of Ms Abbott’s fellow students told news.com.au that she was “disgusted” about Frances’ apparent “free ride”.

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Post by veya_victaous on Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:09 am

Ohh yeah it was paranoid of me to oppose Letting Tony and Co
punish people for whistle blowing...
the Exposing the Free ride His Daughter has Illegally gotten is Such a Terrorist Threat

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Post by Lone Wolf on Thu Oct 23, 2014 2:44 am

Mad

TYPICAL of what was always going to happen when you get an anti-democracy, anti-free-speech gang of corporate fascist lawyers running the government, courtesy of the Murdoch Press's scaremongering tactics...

LIKE a re-run of the CIA's involvement (giving confidential information to the Liberal/Country Party coalition organisers, at the mining conglomerates's requests..) in the Whitlam dismissal in 1975..


AS FOR the 'whistleblower' Freya Newman's predicament in this case == I wonder if the Federal Court will be foolish enough as to prosecute her, considering the public, media and legal outcries sure to follow such a decision, (especially in light of a possible 5-10 year jail sentence for exposing what was likely common local gossip at the time..) ~ or if they will simply let her off with a "warning" ?      Suspect

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Re: Student who exposed ‘free-ride Frances’ scholarship to face sentence

Post by veya_victaous on Thu Oct 23, 2014 5:46 am

UPDATE
A DECISION has been deferred over the fate of the woman who exposed that the Prime Minister’s daughter had been given a lucrative scholarship to an illustrious private fashion college under questionable circumstances.

so look like they will try and wait till no ones watching any more then put her in jail
because it is So Undemocratic to Expose Nepotism in public office, abuse of Position and Crony-ism. this is fucking Stupid Abbott and Les Taylor should be facing Jail time for corruption and abuse of power but they are getting away with it because it was supposedly Secret!!!! Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad Mad

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:43 am

Typical tactic of the corrupt -- seize upon anything technically, legalistically "wrong" the "other side" has done and try to drive the focus to that. I hope the Australian people never let this go and RIOT if anything happens to Newman.

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Post by Original Quill on Thu Oct 23, 2014 4:54 pm

Did Free-Ride Frances really get a full scholarship?

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Post by Guest on Thu Oct 23, 2014 7:55 pm

Aussies...riot....

Yah gotta be kidding right

they are either sun baked out of their heads or pissed or stoned out of their heads,,,,


they couldnt organise a riot in a brewery (not that one would want to anyway, but.........)

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Post by *THE Ben Reilly* on Thu Oct 23, 2014 8:32 pm

Sorry, Poonkanque:



The PM lost a shoe in this Aboriginal rights riot a few years ago.

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Post by Lone Wolf on Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:43 pm

victorisnotamused wrote:
Aussies...riot....

Yah gotta be kidding right

they are either sun baked out of their heads or pissed or stoned out of their heads,,,,

they couldnt organise a riot in a brewery (not that one would want to anyway, but.........)

Cool

ONCE AGAIN Victor shows his total ignorance of Australia as a nation...

FROM the early days of the Rum Rebellion, the Irish Convicts uprising, and the Eureka stockade;
THROUGH the endless miners and shearers strikes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the Cowra POW breakout, and the student and Aboriginal rallies of the 1960s and '70s;
AND ON to the infamous Cronulla and Macquarie Fields riots of more recent times..


Oz has a well-deserved reputation as rebels and rioters to match anything seen in Britain or Western Europe over the past couple of centuries .

IT WOULD pay Victor to do his research before repeatedly putting his foot in his mouth these days == it really must be getting pretty crowded in there !

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Post by Lone Wolf on Fri Oct 24, 2014 4:55 pm

Original Quill wrote:
Did Free-Ride Frances really get a full scholarship?


IT TURNS out to be a faux scholarship ~ a $60,000 gift to Abbott's daughter in the guise of a "one off" scholarship, privately paid for by a long time Liberal Party supporter...

IT has also been pointed out that Frances Abbott herself isn't actually "guilty" of any particular crime..

BUT both her father and his old political benefactor both are !  Fraud, apparent false tax minimisation, misrepresentation of the gift as some kind of "scholarship", misuse of a 'public office'.

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Post by veya_victaous on Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:24 am

@quill
It's more like a present Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
To the Abbott family

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Post by Original Quill on Sat Oct 25, 2014 5:13 am

veya_victaous wrote:@quill
It's more like a present Rolling Eyes Rolling Eyes
To the Abbott family

For...erm...future favours?

Best to avoid even the appearance of impropriety. That's why such things are illegal here.

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Post by Lone Wolf on Sat Oct 25, 2014 7:57 am

Surprised

IT'S also illegal down here.

THAT'S why the Abbott government ordered the Federal Police to intervene here ~ to attempt to redirect the public's attention away from Abbott's and his cronie's sins..

UNFORTUNATELY, the very opposite has happened, with several activist and civil liberties groups and online bloggers turning against the government ~ and pointing out the gross injustices at the hands of Federal authorities ~ the Federal Police and the Federal court systems..

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Post by veya_victaous on Tue Nov 25, 2014 12:25 am

UPDATE

Freya Newman, the whistleblower who exposed the secret scholarship given to Frances "Daughter of Tony" Abbott by friends of the family at the Whitehouse Institute, has been sentenced to a two year good behaviour bond.

Newman plead guilty to leaking restricted data. Magistrate Teresa O’Sullivan told the court that the data accessed by Newman not highly classified, but also said "I accept she was motivated by sense of injustice and not desire for notoriety… While this may explain what led to her offending it does not excuse her conduct." In fact it should, but in Australia there are no protections for whistleblowers in the private sector.

Frances Abbott previously commented on the leaks, saying "To be honest, it’s just like as a small child you learn it’s not right to read someone’s diary. It’s not right to hack into anything." You might argue it's also not right to take advantage of your father's influence on the private sector to obtain a secret, exclusive scholarship exclusively determined by your dad's mate, but then, you're not Frances Abbott.

The story was originally broken by New Matilda. For now, it's come to a relatively just, if not wholly satisfying, close.

well not too bad, but if it wasn't picked up by the media who knows if she'd have gotten off so easily. But how stupid that pointing out that someone in power is breaking the law is Against the law AND why hasn't either Francis, Tony or Les Taylor faced any charges yet!!!!!
there is more than enough evidence for reasonable suspicion of wrong doing to go through every transaction of the Abbott Family and their associates.

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Post by Lone Wolf on Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:00 am

Smile

FRANCES herself probably hasn't broken any serious criminal laws ~ any "wrongdoing" will more than likely be in the fruit of the poisoned tree argument ~ the fact that she has accepted a faux "scholarship" tainted by the whiffs of political corruption, possible tax fraud (i.e. calling a family gift a "scholarship"..).

TONY ABBOTT really wants to watch his back next year ~ he already has a lot of enemies [Abbott's Enemas] within his own Coalition, with just on half of them ready to replace him with either Julie Bishop or Malcolm Turnbull 'at the drop the hat' ~ which will hopefully mean Goodbye Abbott & Hockey later next year..

AS for Tony's old political donor mate LES TAYLOR : he's the one who should really be facing criminal charges, when we consider ~
* He's the one who "gifted" a faux "scholarship" that nobody else was able to apply for;
* Making such a gift to the PM's daughter would always have that suspicion of "expectations of future favours from Tony Abbott" cloud hanging over it;
* Calling such a gift a "scholarship" leads to the question of possible fraud by both Taylor and the College itself;
* And then, there's also the quetsion of whether Les also had a mind to claim a fraudulent tax deduction for his business by calling that $60,000 gift a "scholarship ? scratch

THERE definitely does need to be some serious investigations there, with an eye to future prosecutions ~ unfortunately there is already a long history of political parties sweeping such overtly corrupt machinations aside.. One only has to consider actions from Askin, Askin's wife, Menzies, Wran, Greiner, Reith, Howard, that were definitely criminal, rarely investigatd, and never prosecuted...

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